National radio commentator, columnist, public speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and progressive political gadfly Jim Hightower is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. The discussion ranges from Texas politics and the state's recent primary election to what Jim sees as a "populist renewal" in the United States. He addresses the legacy of the late Pete Seeger; the grassroots movements against fracking and the Keystone pipeline; labor organizing ranging from fast-food workers to adjunct professors; the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina; the proposed financial transaction tax; and the impact and implications of Edward Snowden's spying revelations.
Jim Hightower, a former editor of the Texas Observer who was twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has spent four decades "battling the Powers that Be on behalf of the Powers that Ought To Be -- consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks." Jim publishes a populist political newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, which has more than 135,000 subscribers and is the fastest growing political publication in America. This is Jim Hightower's third visit to Rag Radio.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ioannis Gatsiounis. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 42:14.